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Samuel G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2196) interviewed by Jaša Almuli,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2196

Videotape testimony of Samuel G., who was born in Vinkovci, Croatia in 1920. He recounts cordial relations between ethnic groups; drastic change with the independence of Croatia in 1941; fifteen days imprisonment; anti-Jewish regulations; forced labor; destruction of the synagogue by Ustaša members and local Germans; re-arrest; helping prisoners targeted for crueler treatment (e.g., the rabbi); release; helping the Jewish community supply food for women and children in Djakovo; organizing the release of fifty-seven children from Djakovo (his family took two); deportation to Jasenovac in April 1942; sadistic beatings, rapes, and killings by the Ustaša administration including Tomislav Filipović and Vjekoslav Luburić; organization of the camp; transfer to Gradiška; harsher conditions in the women's camp (Kula); receiving packages from the Jewish community, which were plundered by the Ustaša; witnessing the rape and killing of women he knew; a mass killing including his mother and sisters; his father's death in a mass killing; transfer to another camp, then back to Gradiška; escaping with other prisoners; joining the partisans; being wounded; liberating Belgrade; exacting revenge against collaborators; and his military career and retirement in 1963. Mr. G. notes about ten Jews of hundreds from Vinkovci survived and that he is the only survivor of his family.

G., Samuel, 1920-
Belgrade, Serbia : Jewish Community in Belgrade, 1991
Interview Date
May 11, 1991.
Vinkovci (Croatia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Samuel G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2196). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.